How It Is Done
A facial X-ray is taken by a radiology
technologist. The X-ray pictures are usually read by a doctor who specializes
in interpreting X-rays (radiologist),
but other doctors may also review the films.
You will need to
remove any jewelry that may be in the way of the X-ray picture. You will also
need to remove glasses or dentures.
You may be asked to lie on an
X-ray table or sit in a chair. Several views (a series) of X-ray pictures are
needed for clear pictures of the face. Your head may need to be repositioned
for each view. You should hold your head completely still while the pictures
are being taken. A padded brace, foam pads, a headband, or sandbags may be used
to hold your head in place while the pictures are taken.
pictures of the orbital cavities or sinuses are needed, you will usually sit up
while they are taken. A padded brace may be used to hold your head still while
the pictures are taken.
Facial X-rays usually take about 10 to 20
minutes. You will wait about 5 minutes until the X-rays are processed in case
repeat pictures need to be taken. In some clinics and hospitals, X-ray pictures
can be shown immediately on a computer screen (digitally).
How It Feels
You will feel no discomfort from the
X-rays. The X-ray table may feel hard and the room may be cool. You may find
that the positions you need to hold are uncomfortable or painful, especially if
you have an injury.
There is always a slight risk of damage to cells
or tissue from being exposed to any radiation, including the low levels of
radiation used for this test. But the risk of damage from the X-rays is usually
very low compared with the potential benefits of the test.
For example, the radiation exposure
from a chest X-ray is about equal to the natural radiation exposure received
during a round-trip airline flight from Boston to Los Angeles (Montreal to
Vancouver) or ten days in the Rocky Mountains (Denver, Colorado).
X-ray is a series of pictures of the bones in your
face. A facial X-ray helps find bone
fractures, tumors, foreign objects, infections, and
abnormal growths or changes in bone structure or size. In an emergency, the
doctor can see the initial results of a facial X-ray in a few minutes.
radiologist usually has the official X-ray report
ready the next day.
The bones of the face and
orbital cavity are normal in size and shape.
No foreign objects or abnormal
growths are present.
No broken bones are
The sinuses are clear. No
inflammation or infection is present.
Foreign objects, such as
fragments of metal or glass, may be present.
Broken bones, such as the
nasal bones or bones around the eye (orbital cavity), may be
Signs of a disease that
affects the bones of the face or orbital cavity may be present.
Abnormal growths (tumors) are
sinusitis, such as fluid in the sinuses or a thick
tissues lining the sinuses, may be present.